Michael Bressler is a Professor of Political Science at Furman University. He earned his B.A. from Ohio State University and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. His areas of expertise are in International Relations and Comparative Politics. He teaches courses on World Politics, International Relations, International Peace & Security, and the Politics of Russia. He is the editor of and a contributing author to the book Understanding Contemporary Russia. His current research is in the field of American Foreign Policy. With the Vietnam and Iraq wars as case studies, he is examining how members of Congress have sought to influence the course and content of presidential war policy. He is the winner of Furman’s 2005 Meritorious Teaching Award. Students of his have gone on to do graduate work or attend law school at American University, Cambridge, Chicago, Cornell, Denver, Duke, George Washington University, Georgetown, Georgia, Harvard, Illinois, the London School of Economics, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oxford, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tufts, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Yale.


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Introduction to World Politics

Examination of similarities and differences between the institutions, processes and policies of selected nations, in the context of globalization and the evolution of international politics.


Politics of Russia

Examination of the development of institutions, policies, processes and cultures in the late Soviet and post-Soviet eras.


International Relations

Examination of the sources of conflict and cooperation in the international system and their effects on the development of foreign policy.


International Peace & Security

Examination of security challenges facing leaders in the twenty-first century. Topics include: WMD, wars of insurgency, terrorism, peace keeping, nation building, and ethnic conflict.


Capstone Seminar in Poli Sci

Reading, research and writing course for majors that covers a specific topic in political science.

  • Michael L. Bressler, ed. 2009. Understanding Contemporary Russia. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. Michael L. Bressler. Chapter 4 "Politics," Chapter 1 "Introduction," and chapter 13 "Conclusion," in Understanding Contemporary Russia.
  • Michael L. Bressler. 2008. "Congressional Dissent During Times of War: How Congress Goes Public to Influence Foreign Policy." Extensions (Spring), 9-14.
  • Michael L. Bressler. 2005. Book review of Paul R. Gregory, The Political Economy of Stalinism: Evidence From the Soviet Secret Archives (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004). Published in Comparative Political Studies 38:2 (March), 222-225. 
  • Michael L. Bressler. 2003. Review essay of Victoria E. Bonnell and George W. Breslauer (editors), Russia in the New Century: Stability or Disorder? (Boulder, CO: Westview, 2001); and Valerie Sperling (editor), Building the Russian State: Institutional Crisis and the Quest for Democratic Governance (Boulder, CO: Westview, 2000). Published in Governance 16:1 (January), 141-145.

  • 2005 Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Meritorious Teaching Award
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